Friday, December 23, 2011

Good bye and good riddance to bad schooling

From my last few posts it may be abundantly clear that I'm not totally excited by the state of public education in my current neck of the woods.

What may be less obvious is that I am almost fundamentally opposed to private schools. It's not that I had a bad experience, but it may be because I only attended public schools and viewed those who were given the opportunity to attend private school as being stuck-up snobs that were out of touch with reality.

Sure, where I grew up the public schools were amongst the best in the nation, but to be fair my family didn't exactly have the money to spend on school per se. Yes, they made sure they paid property taxes so we could go to the good school, but they did it in the most strategic (ie. affordable) way possible.

But the point is not to belabor my belief that good public schools are a true measure of how a community plans for the future.

 The point is that we took my son out of public school and placed him in an affordable (price is comparable to what we paid for daycare) private school.

And I feel better.

 We'll make a point to hang with the new teacher and let her know that we 1) are involved in my son's education, 2) we want open lines of communication, and 3) we are not to be looked down upon. Oh wait, that last one is really for his previous teacher....

 Since it's been awhile since I've posted any music I thought I should post a musical tribute to how I feel about this episode..



  1. Teacher-kid mismatches suck. We're planning to do private school until 2nd grade at least and it's been working out great so far.

  2. Thanks for the support - we definitely had a hard time reaching our decision.

    In the end we think we made the best move for my son, and that's all that really matters to me. The previous environment was really affecting him negatively and he lost all the joy I'd seen him express about learning and school.

    In any case, I look forward to posting more positive schooling experiences in the future :)

  3. you gotta do what you gotta do. We are giving public school one more year before we xplore private options

  4. Glad that you feel better--that's a good sign! Hope the transition is great.